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Do you pick out the "good pieces"?

alliegator Aug 14, 2013 04:45 PM

I just caught myself doing it with a bag of store bought snack mix, but it could apply to almost anything. Things ranging from a lovingly made seafood dish that you're plating for your family, all the way down to the lowly bag of Chex Mix.
So, are you a pick and chooser?

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    ferret RE: alliegator Aug 14, 2013 05:06 PM

    No with the exception of Brazil nuts, which are plainly filler.

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      grayelf RE: ferret Aug 14, 2013 05:38 PM

      Ha, my family does this all the time. We even have a name for it: high grading.

      And my parentals will high grade out the Brazil nuts for themselves as they covet them. As hippie chickinsing notes below, one person's filler is another's fill'er up!

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        MrsJonesey RE: grayelf Aug 14, 2013 05:56 PM

        Love brazil nuts. When I occasionally buy a can of mixed nuts, I can hoard the cashews since DH doesn't particularly care for them. Otherwise, I don't think I do too much picking out my favorites....I think.

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        Ttrockwood RE: ferret Aug 16, 2013 07:33 PM

        Please send me your brazil nuts- i love them!!!

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          Tripeler RE: Ttrockwood Aug 17, 2013 12:57 AM

          Brazil nuts are one of my favorites, too. I'll always remember what my grandfather called them.

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            girloftheworld RE: Tripeler Aug 17, 2013 08:42 AM

            my grandfather calls them elephant toenails it kind of grosses me out...

      3. Chemicalkinetics RE: alliegator Aug 14, 2013 05:08 PM

        Yes. I think we all do (to different degrees). When the foods are shared by many others, I do have a very small tendency what I like, but I also try not to over do it. When the foods are for myself alone (like snack mix), I actually do not because I know I will have to eventually eat my good and bad pieces. If anything, I used to eat out what I don't like first, so I can have what I love best at the end.

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          hippiechickinsing RE: alliegator Aug 14, 2013 05:18 PM

          Absolutely! I'm willing to share, but I still pick out my faves. The best thing is when you find someone else who's favorites are your least favorites. It's like finding a foodie-soul-mate.

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            flavrmeistr RE: hippiechickinsing Aug 15, 2013 08:18 AM

            Yes. My wife likes pizza crusts, whereas I don't really care about them either way. She gets all my pizza rinds, which she treasures. She's so easy.

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              mucho gordo RE: flavrmeistr Aug 15, 2013 09:45 AM

              Mrs. G. is the same way; I get her toppings/innards and she gets my crusts. Same with meats; give her a bone to gnaw on and I get the meat.

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              escondido123 RE: hippiechickinsing Aug 18, 2013 09:39 AM

              I had a close friend who would trade one of her lobster claws for all my lobster legs. What a deal.

            3. alliegator RE: alliegator Aug 14, 2013 06:08 PM

              Thanks for the replies. I am now feeling like less of a greedy turd!

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                treb RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 04:45 AM

                I always do this but, I go from least liked to best that way I feel I've been rewarded for eating the whole bag! .

                1. DarthEater RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 06:17 AM

                  Guilty of it last night, and why not? I bought the steak, marinated it, cooked it, sliced it (while self noting the best pieces), and washed the dishes. But those pieces made every effort worthwhile and everybody enjoyed the dinner. Win win.

                  1. tcamp RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 07:16 AM

                    Not really but I do have no qualms about sampling the "choice" bits when I'm the cook.

                    However, at the dinner table, I do not tolerate my kids picking out parts of the salad they like best, the croutons, cheese, whatever. Serve yourself a portion and live with it.

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                      hambone RE: tcamp Aug 15, 2013 11:21 AM

                      "You get what you get, and you don't get upset!"

                    2. mucho gordo RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 09:56 AM

                      When it comes to meat, I get lucky. These days, most people won't eat the fatty pieces or end slices with all the seasoning. Those are the pieces I want.

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                        wellbaked RE: mucho gordo Aug 16, 2013 08:22 PM

                        You too ? Thought there was something wrong with me.

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                          mucho gordo RE: wellbaked Aug 17, 2013 09:55 AM

                          No, there's nothing wrong with you. I figure the fat is there for a purpose; why fight it, just eat and enjoy.

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                          wincountrygirl RE: mucho gordo Aug 17, 2013 04:07 AM

                          Ha! Me too! Luckily, my husband hates the ends and edges so I always get the end cut of the rib roast and when we share a porterhouse, I get the edges and stuff with all the seasoning and fat!!!

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                            mucho gordo RE: wincountrygirl Aug 17, 2013 09:57 AM

                            I don't know about you but, sometimes I have a problem. The end pieces are usually more well done than I like but it's a small price to pay for the flavor sensation I get.

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                              wincountrygirl RE: mucho gordo Aug 17, 2013 11:35 AM

                              Agreed, mucho gordo!

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                          truman RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 11:06 AM

                          Only with homemade Chex Mix (funny you should use that as an example, OP). I go for the most buttery/Worcestershire-y pieces of Wheat Chex over the naked rice and corn bits.

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                            alliegator RE: truman Aug 15, 2013 01:10 PM

                            The funny thing is, I generally do make my own chex mix and use your same system for picking it over. I grabbed a bag of the pre-made yesterday, and dumped it into a bowl, then put the crappy looking pieces back in the bag for my husband's lunch. Oh, the shame :(

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                            flavrmeistr RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 11:14 AM

                            Who isn't a "pick and chooser"? Farm animals, maybe.

                            1. hambone RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 11:24 AM


                              (OK, now between you and me- there was actually cracklin on the butt when I made the pulled pork and I do know what happened to the skin from the turkey. Meet me in the kitchen before dinner next time and I'll give you a taste.)

                              1. dave_c RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 11:28 AM

                                Yes, for my bag of snack mix.

                                No, when food is plated family style. I take serving that's the closest to me and pass the dish on.

                                1. pinehurst RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 11:39 AM

                                  Not usually, but I'm starting to break myself of the habit. It's a tradition thing. In my extended family growing up, the men were always served first...at family get togethers at my paternal grandma's, the guys would eat in the den and the women in the kitchen. The gossip and coffee were better there, but nonetheless, we sat down to eat after the guys were served.

                                  My mom doted on my dad, but also on me (different culture...French Canadian Jewish instead of Italian/Cuban)...and her mom (who lived with us) was my guardian angel, so I think my habit of giving others the primo bits can be broken.

                                  1. Will Owen RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 12:13 PM

                                    If it's something like mixed nuts I do reverse picking - eat the peanuts first and save the best for last, usually cashews. We don't typically share one big bowl, but each load up a smaller one. When it comes to cracker-type mixes, though, I'll leave all the pretzels to Mrs. O, since I don't like them.

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                                      cayjohan RE: Will Owen Aug 15, 2013 01:03 PM

                                      I pick and choose with the mixed nuts as well, but I see it as a service to my husband, who loveslovesloves the peanuts. I do what I can (rationalize much, Cay?) to get all the Brazil nuts and cashews and almonds and filberts out of the way for him. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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                                      jarona RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 01:11 PM

                                      Crumb buns. Those gloriously large, sugary, crumbs! The best!

                                      1. suzigirl RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 01:38 PM

                                        Well, umm mabye. I just thought I was incredibly lucky to get the clear and green gummy bears. Now it is glaringly apparent that my getting the red and purple skittles first, the cheesiest Doritos, the watermelon jolly ranchers, wheat chex in the chex mix wasn't just good fortune.

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                                          Jerseygirl111 RE: suzigirl Aug 17, 2013 10:45 AM

                                          Watermelon and green apple JR's. why do they bother to even make the other flavors?

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                                            suzigirl RE: Jerseygirl111 Aug 18, 2013 08:57 AM

                                            So there us something left in the bag to hand to my bf and pretend nothing is amiss.

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                                          wincountrygirl RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 01:40 PM

                                          I pick the well done French fries.

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                                            flavrmeistr RE: wincountrygirl Aug 15, 2013 01:42 PM

                                            My wife has dibs on all crispy bits. It's in her contract.

                                          2. fldhkybnva RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 01:45 PM

                                            I'm a picker more so with snacks than meals. I am notorious for picking the clear gummi bears out of every bag of Haribo gummi bears and will pick cashews out of a nut mix. I'm sure there are other things I pick at but I can't think of them now. I did have the lovely occasion to witness someone picking every morsel of crab out of the soup pot at Whole Foods lat night and while I might do that at home with my own soup, it was quite frustrating to leave no crab for the rest of us.

                                            1. Veggo RE: alliegator Aug 15, 2013 02:05 PM

                                              I don't care for lima beans so I pick the corn out of the succotash.

                                              1. GraydonCarter RE: alliegator Aug 16, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                Kathleen Kelly: [to Joe] "What is that? What is that? What are you doing? You're taking all the caviar? That caviar is a *garnish*!"

                                                [Joe scoops up more caviar and dumps it on his plate]

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                                                  1sweetpea RE: GraydonCarter Aug 16, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                  As the chef, I try to make others' portions look appealing and equally sized (unless someone asks for less or more), but I also hand pick the items for myself. My plate may not wind up the prettiest, but it contains the items I want most. Any grubby end bits of proteins that are less than presentable at table might be tasty nibbles for the chef as well.

                                                  When it comes to mixed nuts or any mixed snack, I've been accused of fishing out choice items for myself. I try not to do it conspicuously, but it's tough when some things are just preferable to me. I make a big mixed ziploc bag of assorted nuts (roasted and unsalted), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (usually raw and unsalted), plus 4 types of raisins. Sometimes I add lightly salted roasted peanuts, just to give a hint of salt to the mix. I don't love the raw seeds, so I often pick around for just nuts and raisins. After a while, there is a huge quantity of seeds, but markedly fewer nuts and raisins. At that point, I have to top up the missing items so my husband doesn't start pointing fingers my way.

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                                                    girloftheworld RE: 1sweetpea Aug 16, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                    chef gets off the top.

                                                    i always pick.. lucky though my sister usally likes the ones I dont..I like the double dipped peanuts in the bridge mix.. she likes the almonds.. I like the green gummy bears she likes the red... it all works out well

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                                                    Jerseygirl111 RE: GraydonCarter Aug 17, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                    I LOVE that movie! Always cry at the end.

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                                                      wincountrygirl RE: Jerseygirl111 Aug 17, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                      What movie is it? It sounds familiar but I can't place it.

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                                                        suzigirl RE: wincountrygirl Aug 18, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                        You've got mail

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                                                          klyeoh RE: suzigirl Aug 18, 2013 10:52 PM

                                                          An enjoyable remake of "The Shop Around the Corner". I liked the original almost as much.

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                                                            wincountrygirl RE: suzigirl Aug 19, 2013 04:03 AM

                                                            Right. And I always cry too!

                                                    2. Ttrockwood RE: alliegator Aug 16, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                      Only when there are no witnesses around, but then again i live alone..... Which can be frustrating when i have the last bowl of raisin bran but someone ***ahem**** ate all the sugary raisins out already. Ooops.
                                                      I pick out the most roasty chewy pcs of roasted veggies first, i pick the whole almonds out of my granola first (before i eat the rest of the bowl, kinda like an appetizer), and when eating out i always eat the tomatoes from my meal first since they're my favorite.

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                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Ttrockwood Aug 19, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                        There are only 2 of us but we have our favorite snacks that the other doesn't eat and this happens to me all the time. I accumulate bags of things with the leftover that I don't like and I think to myself what jerk ate all the good stuff...oh wait that was me.

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                                                        wellbaked RE: alliegator Aug 16, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                        I find myself Picking out and eating the "well roasted" peanuts first, and half popped kernels of micro. pop corn. Will eat most anything though. Try everything.

                                                        1. cayjohan RE: alliegator Aug 16, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                          I am always on the lookout for an overcooked potato chip when we pop open a bag. The dark brown potato chip is tasty bite.

                                                          1. GraceW RE: alliegator Aug 16, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                            Yes, I am my entire household.. so I get the best parts, and if I don't want the rest, then I don't bother with it. However, if I had children or a husband, then I wouldn't take the best/good things.

                                                            1. ipsedixit RE: alliegator Aug 16, 2013 09:41 PM

                                                              Muffin tops.

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                                                                Jerseygirl111 RE: ipsedixit Aug 17, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                Don't get the appeal. I leave mine and eat the cakey bottom.

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                                                                  ipsedixit RE: Jerseygirl111 Aug 17, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                  Marry me.

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                                                                  GraceW RE: ipsedixit Aug 17, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                  Ipsedixit, by any chance, have you had the Coblestone muffin at Panera? I never order muffins or go to Panera, but that muffin top looks too good to be true.

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                                                                    ipsedixit RE: GraceW Aug 17, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                    No I have not.

                                                                    But I do know that Panera has "Muffies" or muffin tops that were borne bottomless.

                                                                    Those to me, however, are never as good as tops ripped from a complete muffin.

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                                                                      GraceW RE: ipsedixit Aug 17, 2013 09:54 PM

                                                                      Yes, muffies sound like cheating. Whereas you get to enjoy the process--the decapitation of the muffin!

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                                                                        ipsedixit RE: GraceW Aug 17, 2013 10:00 PM


                                                                        The muffin hijacking is part of the appeal of eating a muffin top.

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                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: ipsedixit Aug 19, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                    I prefer the top as well for the crusty goodness. The base just reminds me of cake.

                                                                  3. emglow101 RE: alliegator Aug 17, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                                    Out of that box of chocolates. I will always pick the caramel ones.

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                                                                      suzigirl RE: emglow101 Aug 18, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                      If it is Whitmans, it is the molasses chew and then the caramels

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